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Pink Box: Inside Japan's Sex Clubs (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 2006

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In "Pink Box", photographer Joan Sinclair gives us a privileged view into Japan's most elaborate sex clubs. Unrivalled in their creativity and the sheer number of choices, these clubs offer their clientele every fantasy imaginable. Subway groping, video and comic book character encounters and visits to the nurse are just the beginning of the immense list of possibilities that are played out in colourful playrooms for adults where no detail is overlooked. Sinclair's photographs are colourful, fun and absolutely absorbing, and they capture the unique sensibility of Japanese culture that has given rise to Hello Kitty (who, by the way, is available for $800 an hour).

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Joan Sinclair first heard about Japanese sex clubs while working as an English teacher in Tokyo and returned years later to document them. She now lives in San Francisco.

James Farrer is professor of sociology and global studies at Sophia University, Tokyo.

James Farrer teaches sociology at Sophia University in Tokyo, where he conducts comparative research on ideas of sexuality and romance among young people in Japan and China. He is the author of "Opening Up: Youth Sex Culture and Market Reform in Shanghai".


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Das japanische Sexbusiness -Fusoku- setzt pro Jahr riesige 25 Milliarden Euro um. In Kabukicho/Tokios Unterhaltungsviertel gibt es über 5000 Fusoku Clubs. Auch Tausende von Hosts für Unterhaltung+mehr für das weibliche Publikum bieten sich an. Fusoku, das auf eine lange gesellschaftlich anerkannte Tradition zurückblicken kann - 'Floating Worlds' der Edo Zeit - unterscheidet sich im wesentlichen von dem hiesigen 'Business'. Fusoku Clubs werden staatlich lizensiert. Es wird genau vorgeschrieben welche Leistungen Fusoku Clubs anbieten dürfen. Diese Reglementierung setzt sich in den Clubs fort. Die einzelnen Dienstleistungen werden auf 'Menuekarten' genau spezifiziert + bepreist. Innerhalb dieser Parameter können dann die wildesten Phantasien umgesetzt werden. Klare Regeln sorgen neben der unsichtbaren Hand der 'Yakuza'- für reibungslosen + stressfreien Ablauf des Geschäfts sowohl für den Kunden als auch für die Angestellten. Die Angestellten in Fusoku Clubs werden gut bezahlt + behandelt.

Auf hochwertig abgedruckten Fotos zeigt Joan Sinclair das Interieur + die Angestellten von zehn Varietäten des Fusoku.

Daraus zwei Beispiele der meistfrequentierten Fusoku Clubs:

1. Die Soaplands: Badefrauen bieten per geregelten Ablauf eines Badeaufenthaltes entsprechend gebuchte Dienstleistungen an.

2. Sehr beliebt + preisgünstiger sind die tausende von ' Image-Clubs'. 'Asobi' findet hier statt. Es handelt sich um eine Rollenspiel in dem eine Alltagssituation - in der U-Bahn, im Krankenhaus, Büro oder Schule etc.- als genau spezifiziertes sexuell aufgeladenes Script ausagiert wird. Hier spielt die ' Sexyness' von Uniformen eine große Rolle: die bekannte japanische Obsession für z.B.
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Joan Sinclair did an excellent job, making this book. It gives me - as a former expatriate - living for nearly two years in Japan, exactly what I was looking for.
Due to the hidden nature of this part of Japanese society, I can only recommend this book for all interested. It is in English but contains nearly 200 pages of some nearly artistic photographs of this topic. The cover is made quite interesting due to it's pink plastic cover and its embossed pink box title on top of the book.
The pages are made of good paper and the photo prints are glossy and very good. For about 13 different chapter you will find an introduction for each chapter, explaining the specialties of the related topics and many explicit pictures.

Because Mrs. Sinclair undertook such efforts - which I fully admire - I was more than pleased by this book. I found it also quite interesting that even this topic is strictly bound to a form in Japan and that the customer can choose from a menu. After choosing the menu, that is what you get.

Excellent book, highly recommended for those interested.
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Als fotografie- und fraueninteressierter Mann finde ich das Buch sehr schön.

Teilweise krasse Einblicke in die Clubs in Japan und wunderbare Fotografien.

Ich besitze das Buch selbst und habe es nochmal als Geschenk für einen Freund gekauft, der mein Exemplar immer recht neidisch angeschaut hat :)
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Ich habe mich sehr gefreut auf das Buch und meine hohen Erwartungen an die Bilderviefalt wurden definitiv erfüllt.
Das Buch kommt in einem pink-transparentem Schutzumschlag, das ganze Design des Buches ist sehr hochwertig, ich war wirkl9ich erfreut.
Der Inhalt ist gespickt mit Zitaten und Informationen.
Ein freizügiges Buch in tollem Design mit tollen Fotos, das habe ich mir so gewünscht!
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HASH(0x8e891654) von 5 Sternen Provocative and Erotic 29. Dezember 2006
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Most major Asian and European cities have well-traveled Red Light Districts frequented by wide-eyed US tourists. Locals view the sport as a mere curiosity, or humorous interlude. Sort of an Adult Disneyland. Sex is simply no big deal overseas, and why should it be? Tokyo (and Moscow) differ is this aspect. There is a whole Underground of Sex Venues and corporate brothels not accessible to Americans. Not safe to even attempt entry. Pink Box offers a rare and exclusive glimpse inside the perfumed halls of forbidden lust. Tokyo's "Fuzoku" (Sex Industry) is a multi-billion dollar industry, tightly controlled by the Yakusa (mafia). It is very public, yet strictly off-limits to gaijin. It is legal? With a 400 year tradition under their belt, all is winked at by the establishment.

As the author sets the story line, Japan's society is formal, strict and polite. With centuries of social roles and traditional uniforms, the below surface sexual desires are too enticing for them not to satisfy. The sex industry is not only a product of society, but a part of society. Expressing no opinion, Sinclair teases you into the Japanese world of naughty to unbridled perversion in toe-curling photo essays of sexcapades. Almost voyeuristic. The menu of sex club delicacies take the form of breaking these rigid societal rules, with a common theme of fondling the cleanest, purest, teenage girls in off-limits role-playing scenarios. You'll discover surreal fetishes, bondage and softcore groping in dens of sin outfitted with one-way mirrors, kinky stages and elaborate sets. Clients immerse themselves in fantasies, from fake hospitals with nurses sans panties, to submissive hentai characters, naughty stewardesses and elevator attendants, disciplining teachers, secretaries and schoolgirls...even illicit gropings in immaculate train cars stocked with frightened, willing teens in short skirts.

Obtaining just a written in-depth review of the Pink Trade would be highly praised. But for Sinclair to have such a vividly photographed document coupled with interviews is quite extraordinary. She alternates snapshots from pure innocence to peek-a-boo eroticism in close to 200 crisp, glossy photos shot in 80 different clubs. One compelling, unexpected discovery; the girls' interviews bore no resemblance to the stereotypes so reviled by feminists. While Sinclair's publisher pressed her for heart-wrenching stories, abuse, and psychological damage, she found that it simply was not there. In every discussion she encountered educated, well-balanced ladies making conscious decisions. They enjoy their work, and are quite happy with their psycho-sexual choice of employment, to the tune of a six figure income.

Sinclair's erotic Orientalia photography is tastefully raw. It's both a curiosity and a turn on. The controversial undertones make this a great purchase for any couple looking for ideas to stir up the evening. As far as the text, Sinclair is a lawyer, and thus a highly intelligent, engaging writer. Now, if you actually want to actually indulge in these wild festivities in real life around the globe, this book will not show you the how, what or where. (For that, you need The Hedonist: World Travel Guide) Pink Box is quite a riveting expose into the bizarre Japanese sexual psyche. Pick up your copy, and close the blinds.
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HASH(0x8e8916a8) von 5 Sternen Pink Box 12. Oktober 2006
Von A reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I purchased this book out of an interest in all aspects of Japanese culture as well as that of the international sex industry. It is a beautiful full-color book, with page after page of photographs of sex workers, their clients, and their highly imaginative fantasy environments. Occasionally we will see an image of an actual session-in-progress.

The book is professionally neutral, I believe, and leaves it up to the reader to have a reaction. Ms. Sinclair treats her subjects with respect and dignity, and quotes from both workers and clients are peppered throughout, adding additional layers and insight to the author's thorough explanations.
I believe it is the ideal ratio of text to photographs. The layout as well (as colorfully designed as FRUiTS, by Shoichi Aoki), I must say, is very attractive and heightens the experience of reading this book, whether reading alone or sharing with open-minded friends on your coffee table.
The neon pink vinyl slipcover is the icing on the cake.
Excellent piece of work.
The website, [...] offers a preview and an interview with Ms. Sinclair.
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HASH(0x8e891ae0) von 5 Sternen As much a voyeuristic look inside the pink box as a thorough guide to the menu and customs of the sex industry 27. Juni 2007
Von Jessica Lux - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Just after her 30th birthday, San Francisco attorney Joan Sinclair returned to Japan (she had been an English teacher there in her early twenties) to embark on an ambitious project of photographing the sex clubs in Tokyo's red light district. She remembered the cornucopia of sex options in Tokyo and had always wondered why it wasn't written about or photographed. She soon learned that the main obstacle was access to clubs. Sinclair couldn't pay her way in, so she cajoled and befriended the right players and now provides both American and Japan with a glossy look behind the closed doors of the sex industry.

The book is as much a voyeuristic look inside the pink box as it is a thorough guide to the menu and customs of the sex industry. Clubs offer services in fuzoku (commercial sex) ranging from hostess services in the geisha tradition, to image clubs ("play" rooms to fulfill fantasies with schoolgirls and police officers), to telephone clubs with internet stations and live chat, to a few full-on brothels. Clubs cater to males, females, and swinging couples. Many operate in legal limbo--sex for money is illegal, so customers pay for legal aspects and any intercourse is a private affair between consenting adults. Customers must obey the rules or face ejection and banishment, complete with posted Polaroids of offenders!

Looking thought the several hundred photos in this book (of workers, customers, menus, and settings), I was struck by how small the fantasy rooms and cubicles are. Sinclair writes that she often had to shoot with a unipod due to the space restrictions. I especially enjoyed the club menus and questionnaires translated in the book, indicating acts beyond my imagination which can be requested by the customer.
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HASH(0x8e891eac) von 5 Sternen Creative, engaging and edgy 4. Oktober 2006
Von Julia A. Dowd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating look into an aspect of Japanese culture I never knew existed. Joan Sinclair got incredible access -- access not only to the actual establishments, but access to the inner lives of some of these women and men whom she portrays with honesty and integrity. She has a fresh, exciting lens which comes through not without a revolutionary edge. This is an original. The intro by Farrer is also excellent.
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HASH(0x8e891f90) von 5 Sternen Great photography. Very tastefully done, considering the subject. 17. März 2007
Von RacerX - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I bought this book with the intent of seeing some "behind the scenes" of Japan; specifically in regards to the sex club, fetish, etc. I think the photos, with corresponding stories were very well done. While I haven't read the book cover to cover, the pages I have looked at have all been very well done. The photography is great. And the writing is well done too. It definitely brings you into their (the girls') world. To me it seems like a Nat'l Geographic travelogue of Japan's fetish clubs.

If you're looking for an off-the-tourist-path view of a slice of Japan, I think this book will help give you a flavor of--at least the seedier/fetish side of Japanese culture.

For me, it helps paint a more realistic view of Japanese culture, and balances the formal, rigorous, daytime public view of Japan.
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